Fri. Apr. 19, 2019

Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love (CBS)

Lost but not least! Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love (CBS)

‘To Prove My Love’… Or the kind of warm grooves one could hear from The West Coast scene in the second half of the 70’s. As a matter of fact, that vibe one used to call Blue-Eyed Soul. This with artists such as Boz Scaggs or Steely Dan for instance. With singer/songwriter, guitarist Ned Doheny, born in Malibu, CA, of a Japanese descent adding his name to the list…

‘To Prove My Love’… In other words, the opening cut from his third album – ‘Prone’ – stands as one of his most beautiful compositions. Meanwhile featuring Chuck Findley on trumpet and Steve Cropper (Booker T & The MG’s) on guitar. Unfortunately, it didn’t get the attention it deserved at the time (1979). Most likely because the album only got released in Japan back then. With Be With Records at last givin’ it a UK release in 2015…

‘To Prove My Love’ would nevertheless end up finding some echo in Britain, which is far from being surprising neither at the end… This in a country where people have shown how they like to groove like nowhere else in the world! Incognito eventually givin’ it a beautiful cover version on their recently released ‘Classic Album Series’…

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Overview
A Californian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Ned Doheny has recorded a total of 5 albums. He happened to be the first artist whom David Geffen signed on Asylum Records, eventually collaborating with labelmate Jackson Brown.

His second album, ‘Hard Candy’ saw the light on CBS back in 1976. It featured ‘A Love Of Your Own’, a composition by the likes of Average White Band‘s Hamish Stewart which the band covered the same year. Itself the subject of a remix by the likes of Juan Chousa and Kanike some 42 years after. Meawnile its third effort – ‘Prone’ – includes the smooth ‘To Prove My Love’. A cut which Incognito have revisited as a part of their ‘Classic Album Series’ with Vanessa Haynes on vocals.

Ned Doheny‘s music has obviously inspired many artists. From Chaka Khan who had a hit with Whatcha Gonna Do For Me”. To Mille Scott with ‘A Love Of Your Own’ among others.

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